Iwan Llwyd is a familiar name in Wales and beyond, and the poet's death left many in shock. Now, four years later, S4C brings viewers a programme which combines archive footage of Iwan reading his poems and new interviews with his friends and family, looking back over his life and work, in celebration.
Iwan Llwyd, Rhwng Gwên Nos Sadwrn a Gwg y Sul (Between Saturday's Smile and Sunday's Scowl) will be broadcast on S4C on Sunday, 9 March. The programme's producer spent a lot of time travelling with Iwan over the years.
"Iwan was a very lovable and easy man to work with, and it was quite a blow to me when he died," says Michael Bayley Hughes from Anglesey who spent a year working on the programme. "There was a lot to say about Iwan, and there's still a lot left to say."
The programme begins by looking back at Iwan's childhood as the son of the manse, his time at school and the influence of the poet T. H. Parry Williams on his early work. Iwan's brother, the actor Llion Williams reminisces about their childhood, and Iwan's former Welsh teacher at Friars School in Bangor Mr Hywel Bebb also remembers the young Iwan.
In his twenties and thirties, Iwan travelled the world composing and searching for inspiration, and Michael Bayley Hughes followed every step of the way to film for S4C's 1994 series, Dan Ddylanwad (Under The Influence).
"When putting together this new programme I worked with archive tapes I'd kept from the early period when we were filming in America, around twenty years ago. It was a difficult task at the start, for personal reasons. It was also tricky because you could often hear us speaking off camera."
As well as archive clips of Iwan reading his work in North and South America, the programme will also feature new interviews with some of Iwan's peers. Among those who share their memories of Iwan as a friend and poet are Myrddin ap Dafydd, Alan Llwyd, Geraint Løvgreen and Iwan Bala.
"Everyone was eager to talk about Iwan," says Michael. "Many of them discuss his early background - how he became a poet and his sources of inspiration. Iwan was a national figure and one of Wales's best modern poets."
Iwan Llwyd was a man who had a myriad of interests and ideas, including the concept of borders - the border between two languages and two countries, and his urge to travel and to investigate Wales and Welshness from the outside. He also loved music and held an ideal of living like a poet from the Middle Ages.
Iwan Llwyd, Rhwng Gwên Nos Sadwrn a Gwg y Sul explores the poet's varied and colourful life and the magnificent body of work he left behind.